Oct 162015
State Attorney Will Take No Further Action in the Bob Dean Case

STATE ATTORNEY SPOKESMAN: “WE STILL THINK IT’S OBVIOUS THAT ROBERT DEAN LIVES IN KEY HAVEN.” BUT, BY LAW, THAT OPINION IS TRUMPED BY THE CANVASSING BOARD. Commentary by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. A couple of weeks ago, Bob Dean– through his attorney, Michael Halpern– virtually slapped State Attorney Catherine Vogel right in the face. Following a voting fraud investigation last month, Vogel concluded that Dean may have been voting illegally in Key West for years– because, she said, he doesn’t live in Key West. He lives [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:52 am * Featured Story *, Issue #136 23 Responses »
Oct 162015
1980: Refugee Crisis in Key West

History by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. The refugee crisis in Europe has been much in the national news in recent months. An estimated half million refugees from the Middle East– especially from war-torn Syria– have flooded into Europe and governments there are struggling to cope. If you were living in Key West in 1980, you will recall that, back then, we had a similar refugee crisis here, although on a smaller scale. The so-called Mariel Boatlift brought as many as 125,000 refugees from Cuba to Key [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am * Featured Story *, Issue #136 2 Responses »
Oct 162015
WASTEWATER WORRIES: Scientists Say Treatment Plants Are Breeding Grounds For "Super Bugs"

Here in the Keys the debate over what to do with our wastewater often centers around nutrients and their effect on the offshore natural environment.  But, according to scientists that’s just one small part of why this issue is so important. Learn what scientists and engineers already know about wastewater treatment plants and the role they play in the proliferation of life threatening antibiotic resistant ” Super Bugs” and find out about a new project aimed at providing practical solutions to this worldwide problem.  Cleaning [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #136, Public Notice, Water World No Responses »
Oct 162015
Man Critically Injured in Shooting

An argument between two long-time friends ended early this morning in a shooting that sent one man to the hospital where he remains in critical condition. Ray Alvarez, Jr., 28, was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center after being shot with a handgun in the back and in the leg. Key West Police responded to a report of shots being fired just after midnight at 3518 Duck Avenue. At the scene, Anthony Valdes, 40, said Alvarez and he were arguing in Valdes’s front yard. According to [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #136, Public Notice 4 Responses »
Oct 162015
Leading the Way

Dear Editor, The Monroe County School District is plotting and planning the construction of two new facilities, Plantation Key School and Gerald Adams School, and significant upgrades at Switlik School in Marathon. The total cost of these three projects could easily reach $100 million, no small sum. Ideally, these new schools should be operational for 30-50 years or well into the middle of the 21st century. That being the case, should not these schools be the state of the art, not a carbon copy of [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #136, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Oct 162015
Double Down Doublespeak

Dear Editor, The “double-down” lie is a significant ingredient in the deterioration of productive political dialogue. Critical thought has been replaced with the sound bite. The idea is when caught in a lie, DO NOT be contrite; become indignant and repeat the lie and keep repeating it. Today, there are no consequences for lying; ergo a lie is as good as a truth. Somewhere Orwell shakes his head. The lie as a tool to control and manipulate the citizenry is as old as human civilization [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #136, Letter to the Editor 11 Responses »
Oct 162015
Science Far Behind Sports and Law

Dear Editor, Shouldn’t humanity grieve that the Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier was suspended for one year for testing positive for an over-the-counter performance-enhancing substance, when the “leadership” of the University of Florida allows a passionate tobacco CEO to serve on their distinguished Board of Trustees? Tobacco will painfully sack and slay over 480k Americans annually per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. My quick research outreach with our CDC surprised me when the phone representative answered my question, “How many annual PED (Performance Enhancing [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #136, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Oct 162015
Thank You to Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation

Dear Editor, I would like to publicly thank the Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation for all their help with sending my son to camp. They are very caring people, wonderful at supporting the community. Without them, my son would not have been able to go to Camp Challenge, a camp run by Easter Seals for people with special needs. We truly appreciate their support. Ken Ayers

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #136, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Oct 162015

Dear Editor, Are you low income, disabled, a minority, Sr. Citizen? Do you feel that you are being deprived of your civil rights? Will you have a greater financial impact than the overwhelming rest of the county? Will your property be impacted more because of the grinder pump being forced on your property? Is the BOCC discriminating against you? I spoke casually with a representative of the ACLU, explained that I was a disabled, a Sr. Citizen, a minority, am having disproportionate financial impact, and [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #136, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Oct 162015
Screwed, Blu'd and Tattooed by Reef Perkins...continues...

Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins ***Present*** On this early spring morning Ferling Bagwidth sat in his office on the second floor of the rundown Conch structure. Ferling Bagwidth was short and rotund and, although gravity cursed him, had no fear of it or respect for it. Gravity met another non-believer and smiled gently. Bagwidth looked around the old Conch house, his home for many years. On quiet mornings he sometimes wished the crew had not cooked so much chicken during the voyage. He [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am ~ Artists ~, Island Voices, Issue #136, Literature No Responses »
Oct 162015
All Poped Out

by Jerome Grapel……. (10/15) Quite coincidentally, I was in New York when the Pope made his — wait, I’d like to rephrase. Being that I am a native New Yorker; and being that almost all my extended family still lives there; and being that Pope Francis had never been there, let’s put it like this: quite coincidentally, the Pope was in New York when I made my annual visit to my native land. Although he did not try to procure an audience with me, such [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #136 2 Responses »
Oct 162015
The Dire Need for Refusal

  by Ray Jason……. One of the many reasons that I linger here in the Banana Latitudes is because the local people still have backbones. Or to use a more creative description that a friend of mine favors – they have not yet been “sheepified.” First of all, they demand that the government do things to actually help the real people and not just the rich people. For example, there are free clinics for pregnant women and there are local market days where food is [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Island Voices, Issue #136 4 Responses »
Oct 162015
Not All Shoulders Are Cold (We Hope)

by Kim Pederson……. The Toast put up a fun blog recently by Mallory Ortberg called “Don’t Stand So Close to Me: People Ignoring Personal Boundaries in Western Art History.” In it she sends up several examples of classic art in which one person (mostly males) disrespects the personal space of another person (mostly females). The very idea of “personal space” is an intriguing one. It is, according to my go-to source Wikipedia, “the region surrounding a person which they regard as psychologically theirs.” Ignoring the [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #136, Kim Pederson 2 Responses »
Oct 162015
Michael Fitzgerald

by Kirby Congdon……. I passed by my neighbor’s house the other day and was struck by a display of eleven totems in front of their house. The house belongs to John Putnam, a Blues composer with his own group of musicians and Ellen Putnam who describes herself as “a middle-aged Jewish woman with a desk job who has entirely too much fun.” One can assume by these abbreviated identities that eleven totems did not appear there overnight by accident. They had been acquired from a local artist, Michael Fitzgerald. My immediate [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #136, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Oct 162015
A Trailblazer for Flag Football

by Anna Costello……. Picture a diner in New York City, late night bleeds into early morning. 1970’s. Nighthawks. A group of young women having breakfast after a night out clubbing. Diane, 18 years old, blonde, tall, and slender asks the woman next to her at the counter if she’d like to play flag football. Women’s flag football. “Yes”. One by one the young women at the counter pop up…Can I play? Can I play? Can I play? And so began the first women’s flag football [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #136, Special Events No Responses »
Oct 162015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, October 15 thru Wednesday, October 21 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Thursday Release Party for Ben Harrison’s New Album: Destino, 6 PM From epic to mariachi, Destino shares vivid musical stories many about infamous Key West characters and locales. 825 White St. 305-294-0609. Thursday Walk on White Gallery Walk, 6 PM Exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along White Street, including Artists @ the Armory, Harrison Gallery, Stone Soup Gallery and [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #136, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater No Responses »
Oct 162015
SHAL Monthly Report

Report to the City of Key West For September 2015 THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTS SHAL’s Case Management team has more numbers to brag about this month. Some data research shows that since July 2014, about 15 months, SHAL lead by Client Services Manager Elicia Pintabona, has relocated 178 persons (as much as 1/5 of the homeless population of Monroe County) at a cost of $33,000 (primarily from out of County grants). These are homeless individuals that have been counseled and agreed to be permanently reunited/relocated to [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #136, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 162015
Volunteers Needed for Stormwater Education Program in Key West

Saturday, October 24, 2015 9:00am – 11:00am Reef Relief will be distributing Stormwater Education door hangers on October 24th to residents of Key West. Volunteers will meet the Reef Relief staff at 9:00 am on the corner of Harris Avenue and 5th Street, next to the Fifth Street Baptist Church. Look for the Reef Relief sign. Volunteer check-in will start at 9:00 am and the distribution will conclude at approximately 11:00am. Please RSVP to Heather Kenyon at Reef Relief via email at reefrelief@gmail.com Stormwater runoff [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #136, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 162015
Infant and Child CPR and Choking Prevention Class Offered

The life you save with CPR is most likely to be a loved one, according to the American Heart Association. · Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home. · Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. Heidi Kuite shared her story about CPR saving her 10 month old son in 2008 on the AHA web site. In less than [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #136, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 162015
Veterans Group Calls On U.S. Public to Say No to More War

St. Louis, MO. – President Obama’s decision to prolong the U.S. led war in Afghanistan only ensures U.S. responsibility for more death and destruction. Veterans For Peace condemns the decision and calls on the U.S. public to say no to more war. Today, President Obama commented, “I do not support the idea of endless war, and I have repeatedly argued against marching into open-ended military conflicts that do not serve our core security interests.” But Veterans For Peace asks, what is this policy but endless [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #136, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 162015
Keys to Be the Change Youth Leaders Attend First Ever PeaceJam Slam Miami

Keys to Be the Change Youth Leaders from Key West High School and Marathon High School and Middle School embarked on the first ever “PEACEJAM SLAM MIAMI” Saturday at Miami Dade College to learn about the Power of One! They were joined by 100 other students from Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Public Schools as well as other youth leader organizations from the area. State Representative Kionne McGhee from South Florida was the keynote speaker and shared his personal story with the youth. PeaceJam [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #136, Special Event No Responses »